This is the best team the Frogs’ have played all year.
Despite their early deficit last week, Oklahoma’s electric offense changed the course of a game in an instant. Behind 581.1 yards per game, the Sooners rank first nationally in total offense, while their 47.0 points per game rank third.
“They’re athletes,” head coach Gary Patterson said on what makes the Sooners difficult to defend. “They don’t let you overload. They do a great job of keeping you spread out.”
Oklahoma’s national prominence on the offensive side of the ball stems from quarterback Jalen Hurts, who once led Alabama to two-straight national championship appearances. Hurts, who is currently ranked second in ESPN’s Heisman watch, ranks first in the Big 12 in individual total offense with 402.2 yards per game on his own.
It’s been since 2014 that the Frogs beat the Sooners, and they’ll face long odds this weekend as well.
TCU won two of the first three matchups with Oklahoma, winning 13-7 in 1945 and 20-7 in 1947, its largest win in the series. The Sooners rattled off three straight wins, two of which were in Fort Worth.
Oklahoma won in 1948 and 1954, and the teams didn’t meet again until 1993, when the Sooners won by their largest deficit in series history at 35-3.
In 2014, TCU earned their last win over Oklahoma 37-33. Since then, the Sooners have won five-straight matchups, their longest streak versus the Horned Frogs. TCU has never won two games in a row in the series.
Simpson fell down the depth chart, losing his spot to La’Kendrick Van Zandt initially and freshman Wyatt Harris later. Ben Wilson has been getting snaps at LB as well.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Jacoby Simpson has entered the portal, sources confirmed.
Simpson joins defensive tackle Karter Johnson and quarterback Justin Rogers as players who have entered the transfer portal this season.
The youth movement is starting to show signs of life.
Of the freshmen that signed in the 2019 class, seventeen have seen the field this season. Of those 17, seven of them have made starts at some point this season; Max Duggan, Wyatt Harris, Dee Winters, Keeyon Stewart, Trevius Hodges-Tomlinson, Jordy Sandy and Colt Ellison.
When asked if he thought the class had met his expectations through ten games, Patterson says some have and others are still catching on.
“A couple of them their nicknames are 80% because they haven’t played full speed yet,” Patterson said. “If you turn on the film you’ll get a little bit down; if you watch last year’s film you see L.J. (Collier), Ty (Summers) and Ben Banogu and now when you turn it on you watch freshmen. But, we still found a way to stop people.”